Cong took my help,now calls me mad: Amar Singh

Samajwadi Party attacked the CBI over the probe into the disproportionate assets case against Mulayam Singh Yadav and demanded examination of the status report filed by the investigating agency in the Supreme Court.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: February 10, 2009 5:00 pm

Samajwadi Party on Tuesday attacked the CBI over the probe into the disproportionate assets case against party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and demanded examination of the status report filed by the investigating agency in the Supreme Court.

Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh claimed that the third status report of CBI on its probe into the case has 288 ‘mistakes’ and demanded a judicial inquiry to find out how they occurred.

“I do not trust CBI. Its third status report has 288 mistakes. I wonder how all the mistakes committed by the CBI in the status report were against Mulayam Singh Yadav and in favour of Vishwanath Chaturvedi (the advocate who had filed PIL against Yadav),” Singh said.

“I want the status report to be opened by the court in camera. There should be an in camera review,” he said,significantly soon after the Supreme Court pulled up CBI in connection with the case,saying it was ‘acting at the behest’ of the government.

Singh said he would want the apex court to get the third status report examined by a court appointed chartered accountant. “Otherwise,there could be judicial inquiry to find out how the mistakes were committed.”

Continuing with the scathing attack on the Congress for the second consecutive day,Amar Singh said that it is the history of the party to use people and then throw them in the dustbin.

Amar Singh said,“they took my help to save the government,and now they are calling me mad”.

Congress downplays Amar Singh’s remark

Downplaying Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh’s statement accusing the Centre of using the CBI as a “sword”,the Congress on Tuesday said that UPA has never interfered nor will it interfere in the functioning of the investigating agency.

“UPA never interfered,nor will it interfere in the functioning of the CBI… Our track record in the last four-and-a-half years suggests so,” Congress spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters in New Delhi.

Tewari said the CBI was a professional and an autonomous body and functioned without any interference. “The politics of the Congress is not based on enmity,” he said. “Congress does not go around lodging DA cases against individuals,” he said.

Asked about the future of the Congress-SP alliance in Uttar Pradesh,he said,”the talks are on”. “Our talks with SP for an alliance are on. The alliance with SP will be for the Lok Sabha elections and then for the Assembly elections without conceding our political space”.

Tewari side-stepped queries on charges by Yadav that Congress was going soft on BSP,keeping in mind the next Lok Sabha elections. “The next government will be formed on the basis of the mandate of the people. Our effort is to give the people (in UP) an anti-BSP alliance,” Tewari said.

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